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Politicians and their constituents are sounding off on the matter.
Senator Mitch McConnell believes the proposed standards would drive up electricity prices and have a negative impact on the coal industry and subsequently, Kentucky families. He was joined by Senator Rand Paul, Congressman Andy Barr and Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers at a press conference on this topic July 30 in Washington, D.C.
“[The proposed regulation] impacts districts all around this country that are not mining congressional districts,” said Congressman Barr. “It’s about the auto dealer, whose sales are off 50 percent. It’s about the hospital whose bills are going through the roof. It’s about the security company that had to lay off all its workers.”
Indiana’s governor Mike Pence issued the following statement the day the suit was filed:
“The EPA’s recent action regulating carbon dioxide emissions shows a complete disregard for the rule of law and will harm Indiana ratepayers. Congress has already rejected legislation that would put limits on carbon dioxide emissions, and a law of this significance should be passed by the legislative branch. The State of Indiana is determined to use every legal means at our disposal to prevent the EPA from overstepping its authority and costing Hoosier jobs.”On the other side of the spectrum, led by the Sierra Club, Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott and other Kentuckians who want to curb carbon pollution took a bus to Atlanta July 29 to testify during EPA hearings.